Community Learning Space

Java: Where You Want to *Be* Tomorrow

Dr. Jim Mitchell

1997 Recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation
Sun Fellow, VP of Technology & Architecture
JavaSoft, a business unit of Sun Microsystems Inc.
May 30, 1997 at 2:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1350, University of Waterloo


Java has been out in the world for only two years. In that short time, Java's promise of "Write Once, Run Anywhere" with safe network downloading of code has made it phenomenally successful. Java is a complete application programming platform covering almost all computing devices, from smart cards to mainframes, and it will soon be adding powerful multi-media and graphics abilities. This seminar will give a brief history and overview of Java and its current status. Dr. Mitchell will demonstrate some of the capabilities coming to Java in the near future. In addition, everyone attending the seminar will receive a personal copy of Java.


Dr. Jim Mitchell, the 1997 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation, is Vice-President of Technology and Architecture for JavaSoft and a Sun Fellow. Before joining Sun in 1988, Dr. Mitchell was head of research and development for Acorn Computers (U.K.) and President of the Acorn Research Center in Palo Alto, California. From 1971-84 he worked at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and was a Xerox Fellow.

Born in Kitchener-Waterloo, Dr. Mitchell grew up in Cambridge (Galt), Ontario. He has worked with computers since 1962 where he and three other undergraduates at the University of Waterloo developed the first WATFOR compiler. He received a BSc in Mathematics from Waterloo and a Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University. Dr. Mitchell has worked on many aspects of computer systems but his prime focus is programming language design & implementation (Mesa, Euclid, C++, Java).

For more information

Shirley Fenton
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4074 Everyone is welcome. Refreshments served.